Bunan Period (1446) Wakizashi, Bishu Osafune
In very good condition and very high polish, a Bunan period wakizashi
signed Bishu Osafune Yasumitsu, either 2nd or 3rd generation (dated
to 1446) in shirasaya.
Clearly an authentic very well made blade, it is signed Bishu Osafune
Yasumitsu and dated 1446 (1444 + 3 -1), which means it is either
2nd generation (maker ranking Jo-jo saku / 120 Hawley) or 3rd generation
(40 Hawley), see Yasumitsu
(the 3 MITSUs). It should be noted, that the date suggests more
3rd generation, yet the signature indicates 2nd, as the father (2nd
generation) is known to have signed "Bishu Osafune Yasumitsu",
while the son (3rd generation) is shown as having signed "Bishu
Osafune Ju Yasumitsu". In either event, the sword is well worth
the amount we are asking, and may turn out to be a very big bargain.
The 14 1/8 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is in high polish but
with some scuffs, an old small part finger print and a small straight
scratch (all shown in photos available upon request). The saya has
some small splits, nothing much. We have taken a series of photos
in different lights and with different cameras to try and show the
mokume hada, nie, etc. and recommend these be examined as they show
the blade to be very well constructed.
£xxxx is a very good price for this wakizashi. Please quote
reference number M14 (1241). Full sized / further photos available